Viking River Cruises

Here are some details about what life is like aboard a Viking River Cruises ship.


Hot coffee and tea are free all day; your meals are always accompanied by hot tea, iced tea or coffee with additional options available on a per-drink basis. Complimentary bottles of water are supplied in your stateroom each day. You may bring local wine aboard and enjoy it with your meals—there is no corkage fee.

Check-in time on board

While the crew is preparing staterooms for arriving guests, you can relax in the ship’s lounge or leave your luggage with the staff and explore the embarkation city on your own. You will be given access to your stateroom midafternoon, at approximately 3:00 p.m. If you arrive during lunchtime, a light lunch buffet will be available in the lounge.

Clothing suggestions

Dress aboard and ashore is casual; dress comfortably and bring sturdy walking shoes for sightseeing excursions. Dinner attire is “evening casual,” and the Captain’s Dinner is dressy, but not formal.

Cuisine & dining room service

All meals aboard are prepared by local chefs under the guidance of a European management team. Meals are open seating during set meal times—no table reservations are accepted. Room service is not available.

Dietary needs

Guests requiring special diets such as vegetarian, low salt, diabetic or low cholesterol meals must alert Viking River Cruises one month prior to departure and inform the Maitre d’ when on board. The chefs will make reasonable efforts to accommodate these requests.


Onboard electricity is 220V; staterooms will have one or two 115V outlets for North American guests to use with shavers, etc., in the bathroom and/or desk area.

Fitness equipment

Some ships have fitness equipment, but most do not. Guests enjoy getting their exercise during daily shore excursions, and promenade decks provide opportunities for “power walks” while enjoying the scenery.

Hair dryers & amenities

Your ship has hair dryers for guest use, as do most hotels. Your stateroom amenities include shower gel, shampoo, lotion, shower cap and vanity kit.

Internet access

Most of Viking's ships offer free wireless access to the internet. You may bring your laptop or use shipboard computers. More detailed information is available in the Telephone & Internet section.


Laundry services are available for a fee; however, clothes cannot be dry cleaned.


Meals are scheduled around the day’s programs and activities. There is an early riser’s breakfast and a full breakfast buffet between 6:00 and 9:00 a.m. Lunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and dinner is served around 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Meals are single seating with an open-seating format, so travelers can come in when they are ready and sit where they like.



Enhance Your Voyage

Once you have booked a river cruise with Viking, you might want to consider ways to make a wonderful experience even better. Spend a few days in an additional destination before or after your main itinerary, purchase one of our beverage packages, celebrate a special occasion on board or arrange to send a gift to a Viking guest.

Explore More™

More days means more to discover—with packages you can add before or after your Viking journey. Wherever your trip takes you, Viking River Cruises offer exciting ways to see even more of the region. Maximize the value of your overseas flight and enjoy additional days to explore your river cruise embarkation or disembarkation city—or see a new destination altogether, like Hong Kong, Istanbul or the French Riviera. Select your itinerary to see which pre- and/or post-trip destinations are available to you, or give us a call to learn more.

Silver Spirits premium beverage package

Your meals are always accompanied by hot tea, iced tea or coffee, while cocktails, wine, beer, coffee drinks and soda are available on a per-drink basis. Viking River Cruises also proudly offer a Silver Spirits beverage package, which covers unlimited premium wines, beer, espresso drinks, soft drinks, juices and mineral water for the entire duration of your cruise, plus cocktails and a bottle of sparkling wine. Start your day with a fragrant cappuccino, savor a fine regional wine with dinner, celebrate with sparkling wine—all for one package price. Also offered is a nonalcoholic beverage package for those who prefer to enjoy soft drinks, coffee drinks and “virgin” cocktails.

Ask about Silver Spirits when making your reservation or see the Program Director on-board during your journey.

Celebrating special occasions on board

If you are planning to celebrate a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, on board, please alert your travel counselor at least one month prior to departure. Viking River Cruises is delighted to deliver a cake to your dinner table in honor of the occasion.



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